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Mtv to Host 2017 College Signing Day Featuring Former First Lady Michelle obama in New york city at the public theater on may 5th


Mrs. Obama will be joined by 200 high school students to celebrate the pursuit of higher education

Nick Cannon to emcee star-studded event including appearances by Keri Russell, Bella Hadid,

Jidenna, Michael B. Jordan, Zoe Kravitz, Robin Roberts and more

On Friday May 5th, MTV will host the 2017 College Signing Day featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event will be held at New York City’s Public Theater with more than 200 students from across New York City high schools. This is the 4th consecutive year that Mrs. Obama has celebrated College Signing Day. Mrs. Obama will be joined by actors, singers, athletes and stars including: Nick Cannon, Keri Russell, Bella Hadid, Jidenna, Michael B. Jordan, Zoe Kravitz, Emeka Okafor, Mathew Rhys, Robin Roberts and more.

College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university and continues Mrs. Obama’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to Mrs. Obama’s event in New York, more than 1,000 College Signing Day events have been planned in nearly every state by communities, students and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education. Mrs. Obama is encouraging people across the country to join her in marking College Signing Day by wearing college apparel and sharing the importance of higher education on social media through #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.


Mrs. Obama’s college access work now lives at Civic Nation, a non-profit focused on innovative engagement and awareness initiatives. The organization now includes members of Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher and Better Make Room teams. This is the second consecutive year that MTV will host the event in conjunction with Viacom’s Get Schooled initiative.

As part of her Reach Higher initiative at the White House, Mrs. Obama has hosted College Signing Day events in Harlem in 2016 with MTV, in Detroit, Michigan in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.

The full list of individuals joining Mrs. Obama in celebrating over 200 students at the Public Theater includes:

  1. Andy Cohen, Talk Show Host
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  3. Ashley Graham, Model
  4. Bella Hadid, Model
  5. Billy Eichner, Actor
  6. Black Thought, Music Artist
  7. Bryan Greenberg, Actor and Singer
  8. Carla Hall, Chef and Television Personality
  9. Charlamagne tha God, Radio and Television Personality
  10. Clinton Kelly, Fashion Consultant
  11. Derrick Morgan, NFL Linebacker for the Tennessee Titans
  12. Emeka Okafor, NBA Athlete
  13. Gabby Giffords, Former U.S. Congresswoman
  14. Gail Simmons, Cookbook and Food Author
  15. Hannah Bronfman, DJ and Model
  16. iJustine, YouTube Personality
  17. James Franklin, College Football Coach at Penn State University
  18. Jidenna, Music Artist
  19. Keri Russell, Actress
  20. Lana Parilla, Actress
  21. Luvvie Ajayi, Author and Speaker
  22. Mark Kelly, Former American Astronaut
  23. Matthew Rhys, Actor
  24. Michael B. Jordan, Actor
  25. Neil Patrick Harris, Actor
  26. Nick Cannon, Performing Artist
  27. Olivia Palermo, Actress
  28. Questlove, Music Artist
  29. Renee Elise Goldsberry, Actress
  30. Robin Roberts, Television Host
  31. Soledad O’Brien, Broadcast Journalist
  32. Swin Cash, WNBA Athlete
  33. Tamron Hall, Broadcast Jounalist
  34. Ted Allen, Television Host
  35. Zoe Kravitz, Actress, Singer, and Model

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